Title The Wrath & the Dawn
Series The Wrath & the Dawn
Author Renée Ahdieh
Young Adult Romance/Fantasy
Publishing G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books
One Life to One Dawn.
In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.
Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?
Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.
“Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky.”
Intense, defiant and impeccably stunning ! The Wrath & the Dawn is a sensational story with a slow-burning romance. Shahrzad is badass, I adored her. She’s Belle while Khalid is the beast. Something about him seems too dangerous to be revealed. Ahdieh made sure her readers would be curious all the time with secrets looming in the palace. I can’t believe this novel is her first book because it’s well-done and engaging I nearly choked on a matcha green tea latte when the twist came.
At first, the story being told by Shahrzad was more interesting than the main plot. Everything was obscure and the pace was quite discontinuous. Between the chapters I always felt something was missing as if there were gaps. To be honest, I was so confused by the names and didn’t want to continue, but something humbly pushed me to go on. So I did, and it turned out the second half was worth the wait. I would be ashamed if I didn’t come this far.
“Love is—a shade of what I feel.”
Can’t deny the best thing in The Wrath & the Dawn is the romance between H and h, although I had to look over the way Shahrzad easily dumps her first love. But the whole process exactly ignited my heart and my soul with its racy scenes and those dialogues. Anyway, the ending is kinda quick I hadn’t prepared, yet it was okay for me to pick the next book up and see what will happen.
“And he smiled a smile to shame the sun.”
I want to know more about how magic works, but sadly, Ahdieh didn’t tell me more about the tome or anything. What is the book capable of ? And how about the magic system ? Guess the next book will add some explanation to it.